Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: P.B. 580 : 1e dr. (dl. II)
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and Macbeth made believe as if he were more enraged
than any of them, and, drawing his sword, before any
one could prevent him, he killed the two attendants of
the King who slept in the bed-chamber, pretending to
think they had been guilty of murdering King Duncan.
When Malcolm and Donaldbane, the two sons of the
good King, saw their father slain in this manner within
Macbeth's castle, they became afraid that they might be
put to death likewise and fled away out of Scotland; for
notwithstanding all the excuses which he could make,
they still believed that Macbeth had killed their father.
Donaldbane fled into some distant islands, but Malcolm,
the eldest son of Duncan, went to the court of England,
where he begged for assistance from the English King,
to place him on the throne of Scotland as his father's
In the meantime, Macbeth took possession of the king-
dom of Scotland, and thus all his wicked wishes seemed
to be fulfilled. But he was not happy. He began to re-
flect how wicked he had been in killing his friend and
benefactor, and how some other person, as ambitious as
he was himself, might do the same thing to him. He
remembered too that the old women had said, that the
children of Banquo should succeed to the throne after his
death, and therefore he concluded that Banquo might be
tempted to conspire against him, as he had himself done
against King Duncan. The wicked always think other
people are as bad as themselves. In order to prevent this
supposed danger, he hired ruffians to watch in the wood,
where Banquo and his eldest son Fleance sometimes used
to walk in the evening, with instructions to attack them,
and kill both father and son. The villains did as they
were ordered by Macbeth; but while they were killing
Banquo, the boy Fleance made his escape from their